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James Frederick Cottle


James Cottle, 1941


Recent Address:

644 Tram Road, Sylvania, GA 30467



Family Information:

Parents: William A. and Junia Mae; Wife: Imogene; Children: Linda Ann, Karen Sue & Jame; Siblings: William H., Charles & Herbert


Akron, OH

Date Entered Service:

September 12, 1940

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Walker AFB, KS (1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 6 Bronze Stars,American Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star,American Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star,Good Conduct Ribbon,Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters,Distinguished Unit Citations (3),Distinguished Flying Cross

Service Schools Attended:

Air Corps Techinical School- Chanute Field, IL April 1941; Air Corps Techinical School-Lowry Field, CO September 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic, MOS 748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer

Rank Upon Discharge:


Crew Type:

Flight crew and Ground crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-6332 Belle Of Baltimore

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:


Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 4, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Worked at Goodyear in Akron, OH as Tire Builder, Hose Div. Air Form. Supervisional training, sqdn. graduated Sept. 1951. Became Supervisor until retirement on June 1, 1980.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

It gave me an opportunity to see what a wonderful country we had in comparison to others I had visited during my travels. We also contributed to the effort - willing to see that our way of life continued. We live in the greatest country in the world and I am proud of it and what we accomplished.


Married Imogene Barton December 14, 1945. We had three children. Retired June 1, 1980 from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, Ohio, after 34 years and 8 months. We now live in Sylvania, GA. Have been married 57 years and counting, enjoying retirement.

Thank you for the opportunity to be acknowledged for our contribution during WWII.

Mr. Cottle passed away April 20th 2010 and is buried at Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, GA.


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